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Today's News

  • Road Ranger not buying Travel Center

    Road Ranger has dropped its plans to purchase the FS Travel Center on Vandalia’s west side.
    Byron Sikma, South Central FS chief operating officer, confirmed on Monday that FS had recently received a letter from the company stating that it was not moving forward with the purchase.
    Sikma said that Road Ranger gave no specific reason for that decision, stating simply that it was backing out of the purchase “due to certain events.”

  • Electric bill issue on ballots

    One day after the Vandalia City Council voted to put an electric aggregation on the April 9 consolidated election ballot, the Fayette County Board did the same.
    The city council voted on Monday to both put the issue on the ballot and approve an agreement with Good Energy for professional energy consulting services.
    Good Energy representative Steve Bryant made a presentation to the city council at its Dec. 17 meeting, and to the county board on Tuesday night.

  • Vandalia Leaders (Jan. 10)

    The stat leaders of Vandalia's fall sports teams are all listed below. Statistics are calculated using stats taken in-person when possible. For other games, coaches reports are used.

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (Jan. 10)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Jessica Earnest • Senior • Vanderbilt

    •Earnest, a Vandalia graduate, and the No. 3 Vanderbilt University bowling team will travel to the Mid-Winter Classic at Arkansas State University this Friday-Sunday.

  • This week's schedule (Jan. 10-16)

    VANDALIA
    Boys basketball
    •Jan. 11 vs. Greenville, 6 p.m.
    Girls basketball
    •Jan. 10 vs. Pana, 6 p.m.
    •Jan. 12 at Highland Tournament
    Wrestling
    •Jan. 10 at Highland, 6 p.m.
    •Jan. 12 Home quad, 10 a.m.
    •Jan. 14 at Roxana, 6 p.m.
    •Jan. 15 Home JV quad, 6 p.m.
    F/S boys basketball
    •Jan. 10 at Greenville, 6 p.m.
    •Jan. 14 vs. Hillsboro, 6 p.m.
    Jr. High boys basketball
    •Jan. 10 at Greenville, 6 p.m.

  • PHOTOS: F/S boys basketball

    South Central and Vandalia met in a county battle of freshmen/sophomore boys basketball teams on Monday. The Cougars came away with a 50-32 victory.

  • Josie Earnest earns spot on Team USA

    Vandalia graduate Josie Earnest has qualified for Team USA in women’s bowling for the second straight year.

    Placing third at the Team USA Trials in Henderson, Nev., Earnest is assured a spot on the team, a place in the QubicaAMF World Cup and prize money.

    Defending trial champ Danielle McEwan took first in the national field, while Diandra Asbaty, a 15-time team USA selection, finished second.

    More information about Earnest’s return to Team USA will be available in this week’s edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Varsity-only girls game on Monday vs. South Central

    There will not be a JV girls basketball game tonight, as South Central does not have enough players.

    A varsity-only girls contest will follow the F/S boys basketball game, which begins at 6 p.m., at VCHS.

  • 78th annual NTC Tournament seeds, schedule announced

    The seeds and schedule have been released for the 78th annual National Trail Conference Tournament, which begins on Jan. 21 at Altamont High School.

    Dieterich was awarded the top seed in the boys basketball event, and Altamont, Stew-Stras, Cowden-Herrick and St. Elmo round out the top five.

    Other area teams in the tournament are No. 7 Brownstown and No. 10 South Central.

  • NEW: Economist article follows up on 'The Talk In Vandalia'

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